10 Cafés in Manila That are Perfect for Studying
For your next "studying" and actual studying sesh.
(SPOT.ph) The best kind of places for “studying,” or really studying, are places that provide aa great experience overall—a hushed ambience and good coffee that will keep you awake for hours. With deadlines up to your ears and exams rolling in once again, you need a working spot that caters to your needs. Whether you work best alone (maybe at one of these secret coffee spots), or you need a place for your next study date, we round up a list of the most work-conducive cafes that’ll have you acing your exams and presentations in no time.
With an airy space, crisp white walls, subway tiles, and woodwork, Toby’s Estate gives off an industrial, chill vibe that’s perfect for an afternoon of reading. The place gets packed, but Toby’s still maintains a lively atmosphere that won’t let you get sidetracked. They have a good variety of blends, but the Flat White—with a double shot of ristretto espresso—is what you need to keep you alert for hours.
Must-tries: Flat White (P140 to P150), Traviata (P315)
Coffee Project has several branches, but it’s their Quezon City branch that gets the most attention, and for good reason. It’s difficult to avert your eyes from the café’s pretty interiors. Flower chandeliers, caged lights, and wood-panels, it’s tempting to whip out your phone and snap a photo or two. But look around and what you’ll mostly see is productivity—from the students huddled over books, to the ladies who look like they’re about to start a meeting—it’ll almost make you feel guilty for procrastinating. Power outlets at every table is a major plus, too, if you need to charge your laptop while you work.
Must-tries: Ca Phe Sua Da (P155), Salted Caramel Cheesecake (P195)
Coffee Project is at G/F Wil Tower, Eugenio Lopez Drive, South Triangle, Tomas Morato, Quezon City. Read more about Coffee Project.
Commune Café may have relocated to Poblacion, but the cheery and cozy ambience it was known for hasn’t changed. With communal tables, secluded nooks, and some of the best handcrafted coffees, Commune Café is the place to be if you’re looking to get some work done.
Must-tries: Commune Blend (P100), Homemade Apple Pie (P180)
Commune Café is at 36 Polaris Street, Makati City.
Caravan Black Coffee
Caravan Black Coffee is a new third-wave coffee shop at Net Park. The floor-to-ceiling windows, light fixtures, and plain white walls make it an inviting spot for those seeking refuge from crowded cafés. Pull up a seat, break out your books, and indulge in their top-notch brews. You’ll be acing that exam in no time.
Must-tries: Iced Caravan Mocha (P160), Gooey Cheese Melt (P265)
Caravan Black Coffee is at G/F Net Park, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Caravan Black Coffee.
Cool Beans Library Café
Maginhawa Street is a playground for nearby university students, whether it’s for discovering new hole-in-the-wall eateries or for catching up with friends. Cool Beans offers couches and tables that are large enough for groups, but have two-seater tables for those who prefer working alone as well. It’s almost a sin to make loud noises here (hence, the word “library” in the name), and it gives off a cozy feel that'll make you want to stay long after you’ve done all your work.
Must-tries: Chestnut Frost Blend (P130), Breaded Spam with Cheese (P130)
Cool Beans Library Café is at 67-A Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City.
With clean and simple interiors, Catabolic Café is where you’ll want to camp out for intense study sessions. The café nails the perfect balance of being work-conducive without being too stiff and boring (the retro floors and modern tables are adorable). It offers a carefully curated menu which includes third-wave coffee blends and dishes that are homegrown favorites—the perfect reward for your tired self.
Must-tries: Cubano Cortada (P130), Chicken and Waffles (P330)
Catabolic Café is at 22 Malingap Street, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City. Read more about Catabolic Café.
Books and Beans Café and Restaurant
Books and Beans is a quaint neighborhood bistro along Pioneer (it’s beside a National Bookstore warehouse!) that serves great coffee, fruit shakes, and affordable home-cooked meals. The crowd is usually made up of students and office folks. The place gives off a rustic ambience that’s a welcome escape from the bustling street outside.
Must-tries: Mudblood (P125), Beef Tapa Strips (P75)
Books and Beans Café and Restaurant is at G/F Quad Alpha Centrum Building, 125 Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City.
Third Cup Café
Third Cup Café is a favorite among university students. One wall is occupied by a book shelf, and the wide tables and chairs provides comfortable seating for large groups. The brick walls and pastel-hued knickknacks give off a warm, unpretentious feel that sets you in the mood for a long afternoon, or rather, night of studying (they’re open until midnight).
Must-tries: Chocomint (P120), Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup (P150)
Third Cup Café is at Unit 107, J&R Concon Center, 91 Rosa Alvero Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
If you’re the type who works better alone, Restock is the place for you. It’s a quirky part-gallery and part-coffee shop that changes their decor every once in a while, so every visit is a new experience. Its quaintness provides an industrial, intimate charm that will inspire you immediately—but you’ll be appreciating the freshest coffee beans roasted by Magnum Opus Fine Coffees first.
Must-tries: Long White (P160), S’mores Pizzadilla (P250)
Restock Curiosities is at 7635 Guijo Street, San Antonio, Makati City.
Local Edition Coffee and Tea
For a dash of inspiration or creativity, head to Local Edition. The white walls, metal panels, and communal tables make for a laid-back and hip setting that’s still conducive for working or studying. In fact, it’s frequented by freelancers, students, and professionals. They use locally sourced coffee beans and their signature Perea Blend by Kape ni Maria is strong, smooth, and quite frankly, addicting. Local Edition is another addition to Makati’s many hidden gems.
Must-tries: Long Black (P105 to P115), Chicken Caesar and Caprese (P215)
Local Edition Coffee and Tea is at 116 Perea Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. Read more about Local Edition Coffee and Tea.
Photos from Commune Café, Third Cup Café and SPOT.ph archives